Teens doing drugs even when parents are home

Filed under: Teens, Health & Safety: Babies, Development/Milestones: Babies

Although many parents might believe that they are staunching drug and alcohol use by being present during their teens' parties, statistics show a different story. In a national poll, of the nearly 1,300 kids, ages 12 to 17, one third reported using a wide variety of drugs at house parties where parents were present. In a similar telephone poll, 80% percent of parents polled said they were not aware that illegal drugs were available at the parties; however, over 50% of the kids involved knew about the drug use.

"That shows just how out of touch the parents are," said Joseph A. Califano, chairman and president of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, which commissioned the survey that also polled 562 parents. "Teen drinking and drugging is a parent problem."

I remember going to high school parties where alcohol and drugs were present. In fact I can't recall a single party where there were none. I am not sure if that says something about my generation, my friends or the parents who hosted those parties. I know my kids will attend parties where there will be drugs and alcohol, I just hope they will be able to make smart decisions regarding them.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.